Supervised Injection Facilities

Supervised injection rooms are legally sanctioned facilities where people who use intravenous drugs can inject pre-obtained drugs under medical supervision. Supervised injection facilities are designed to reduce the health and societal problems associated with injection drug use.

Benefits

Supervised injection facilities provide sterile injection equipment, information about reducing the harms of drugs, health care, treatment referrals, and access to medical staff. Some offer counseling, hygienic amenities, and other services.

They are also successful in reducing public disorder associated with illicit drug use, including improper syringe disposal and public drug use.

SIFs have been researched and evaluated for years. The evidence is conclusive that they reduce HIV and hepatitis transmission risks, prevent overdose deaths, reduce public injections, reduce discarded syringes, and increase the number of people who enter drug treatment.

Locations

There are now actually approximately 100 SIFs operating in at least 66 cities around the world in nine countries (Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Luxembourg, Spain, Denmark, Australia and Canada). The first North American supervised injection site, Insite, opened in Vancouver, Canada in 2003.

No such facilities currently exist in the United States, but the Drug Policy Alliance is advocating for supervised injection pilot programs in San Francisco and New York City. We are working to expand the national dialogue on drug control to include policies and programs that mitigate the harms of drug use without mandating abstinence.

While gaining acceptance for a U.S. facility will be an uphill battle, we are committed to challenging the stigma surrounding injection drug use and introducing political leaders and the public to the health and societal benefits that supervised injection sites bring to local communities.

Supervised Consumption Services

March 1, 2017

Overview

Supervised consumption services (SCS) are legally sanctioned facilities designed to reduce the health and public order issues often associated with public injection. They are also called safer injection facilities (SIFs), drug consumption rooms (DCRs) or safer drug use services (SDUS).
 

First Supervised Consumption Services Bill to Win a Legislative Vote in U.S. Passes the California Assembly Public Safety Committee

AB 186 Needed to Reduce Drug Overdose Deaths, HIV and Hepatitis C in California 
 
Bill Strongly Supported by Treatment Organizations, Including California Society of Addiction Medicine (CSAM), California Association of Alcohol and Drug Program Executives (CAADPE), and Others

The Drug Policy Alliance’s bill, AB 186 (Eggman), made history as the first ever state bill on supervised consumption services (SCS) to win legislative votes in the U.S. It has now passed both the Assembly Public Safety Committee and the Assembly Health Committee, gaining support on health and pubic order grounds. A majority of legislators in each committee decided that these services were worth trying, to better address drug use in California. The bill would allow local jurisdictions to permit SCS and provide legal protections for the programs and participants.

Contact:

Laura Thomas 415-283-6366  

Tommy McDonald 510-338-8827

Safe Shape Tour across New York State Calls for “Safer Consumption Spaces” to Combat Skyrocketing Overdoses

More than 100 New York City healthcare professionals release an open letter supporting safer consumption spaces as a proven public health tool to reduce overdose and risk of HIV and hepatitis C
 
Advocates launch a 10-day tour of a model safer consumption space (SCS) and documentary on public injection in New York State to encourage public dialogue

New York, NY: In response to New York State's overdose and opioid epidemic, a coalition of healthcare professionals, public health experts, advocates, and people with a history of drug use are launching a statewide campaign calling for the creation of safer consumption spaces (SCS)/supervised injection facilities (SIF) where people can legally consume previously-purchased illicit drugs with supervision from peers and healthcare professionals who help make their use safer and connect them with medical care, drug treatment, and social services.

Contact:

Jeremy Saunders, 917-676-8041, jeremy@vocal-ny.org

Kassandra Frederique, 646-209-0374, kfrederique@drugpolicy.org

Tuesday Press Conference: Statewide Push for “Safer Consumption Spaces” to Combat Skyrocketing Overdoses Launches with over 100 NYC Healthcare Providers Announcing Their Support

New York City healthcare professionals release a letter supporting safer consumption spaces as a proven public health tool to reduce overdose and risk of blood-borne infections like HIV and hepatitis C
 
Advocates launch a 10-day tour of a model safer consumption space (SCS) and documentary on public injection in New York State to encourage public dialogue

New York, NY: In response to New York State's overdose and opioid epidemic, a coalition of healthcare professionals, public health experts, advocates, and people with a history of drug use are launching a statewide campaign calling for the creation of safer consumption spaces (SCS)/supervised injection facilities (SIF) where people can legally consume previously-purchased illicit drugs with supervision from peers and healthcare professionals who help make their use safer.

Contact:

Jeremy Saunders, 917-676-8041, jeremy@vocal-ny.org 
Kassandra Frederique, 646-209-0374, kfrederique@drugpolicy.org

Groundbreaking Drug Policy Bills Reintroduced in Maryland

Legislation Addresses Addiction, Deadly Overdose, Spread of Infectious Disease and Incarceration Rates for Drug-Related Offenses

Proposed Bills Would Provide Treatment-on-Demand in Hospitals, Decriminalize Small Amounts of Drugs, and Set Up Safe Consumption Programs

As deaths from drug overdoses increase nationwide, Maryland Delegate Dan Morhaim, M.D. – also a practicing physician in emergency and internal medicine for more than 30 years – has introduced three bills to transform drug policy in the state. This groundbreaking legislative package, with multiple co-sponsors from across Maryland, would reduce the harms associated with substance abuse disorders, including rates of addiction, deadly overdose, the spread of infectious disease, crime, costs to the general public, and incarceration rates.  H.B.

Contact:

Tony Newman, 646-335-5384
Lindsay LaSalle, 415-847-8064

Healthcare Advocates & Elected Officials Call for Supervised Injection Facilities After Fifth Straight Year of Increasing Drug Overdose Deaths in NYC

NYC Drug Overdoses Killed 886 People in 2015, Increase of 10%, Bronx Hardest Hit

New York, NY – Following Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement last night that fatal drug overdoses increased by 10% in 2015 – the fifth straight year – advocates applauded new city initiatives to curb the epidemic while renewing their call for supervised injection facilities (SIFs), a public health strategy that has been

Contact:

Matt Curtis, 646-234-9062, matt@vocal-ny.org
Kassandra Frederique, 646-209-0374, kfrederique@drugpolicy.org

Tuesday: California Assembly Committee Hearing on Supervised Consumption Services for People Who Use Drugs

Speakers Include Canadian Senator Larry Campbell, Former Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officer and Mayor of Vancouver Who Established First Supervised Consumption Facility in North America

Bill Creates a Public Health Response to California’s Overdose Crisis; Allows Cities to Provide A Safe and Supervised Space for People Who Use Drugs

Tuesday, April 5, the California Assembly Public Safety Committee will hold a legislative hearing on AB 2495 (Eggman) to permit localities to establish supervised consumption services (SCS), which allow individuals to consume controlled substances in a safe space, provide sterile equipment, and connect patients to treatment, medical care, and other social services.

Contact:

Laura Thomas 415-283-6366
Tony Newman: 646-335-5384

Tuesday: Maryland House of Delegates to Hold Groundbreaking Hearings on Two Harm Reduction Bills

One Bill Creates a Safe and Supervised Space for People to Use Drugs; The Other Would Establish a Pilot Program to Treat Opioid Dependence with Poly-Morphone Therapy

Proposals are Part of Groundbreaking Package of Harm Reduction Drug Policy Bills That Would Also Decriminalize Small Amounts of All Drugs and Provide Treatment-at-Need in ER’s and Hospitals

Tuesday at 1pm, the Maryland House of Delegates will hold legislative hearings on two progressive legislative proposals aimed at treating drug use as a health issue. House Bill 1212 permits the establishment of safe consumption programs, which allow individuals to consume controlled substances in a safe space, provide sterile equipment, and connect patients to treatment, medical care, and other social services.

Contact:

Delegate Dan Morhaim, 410-841-3054
Lindsay LaSalle, 510-679-2315
Tony Newman, 646-335-5384

Tuesday: Maryland House of Delegates to Hold the First-Ever Legislative Hearing in the U.S. on Decriminalization of Small Amounts of Illicit Drugs

Decriminalization Bill Part of Groundbreaking Package of Harm Reduction Drug Policy Bills

Four Proposed Bills Would Provide Treatment-at-Need in ER’s and Hospitals, Decriminalize Small Amounts of All Drugs, Set Up Safe Consumption Programs, and More

Tuesday at 1pm, the Maryland House of Delegates will hold the first-ever legislative hearing on decriminalizing small amounts of illegal drugs, including cocaine and heroin. House Bill 1119, which removes criminal penalties for low-level, non-violent drug offenses under certain minimal threshold limits and instead imposes a civil fine, will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee.

Contact:

Delegate Dan Morhaim, 410-841-3054
Lindsay LaSalle, 510-679-2315
Tony Newman, 212-613-8026

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